The third book in the awards-listed Harcus & Laird series

When Aberdeen housewife Debbie Milne abruptly vanishes without trace, leaving behind her two young children, husband Scott is too distraught to sit out the police’s 72-hour window and await developments. He turns to local detective agency Harcus & Laird.

Put off by previous “domestic” cases, Maggie Laird isn’t keen, but is cajoled by partner Wilma Harcus into a covert operation. Together they comb through meagre scraps of information, eventually trawling the city’s women’s refuges and homeless squats, in spite of the deadly danger.

Then a woman’s body is discovered in a Dundee builder’s skip. With the clock ticking and the police struggling to make identification, the race is on. Claire MacLeary fashions a surprising, gritty, fast-paced tale with the warmth and wisdom of ‘women of a certain age’.


My Review

With thanks to Kelly at Love Books Group Tours for providing me a copy to review for this tour.

The front cover and blurb are very intriguing, along with the Author’s already esteemed writing history, I was looking forward to reading this book.

Within the story there is a mix of police investigations and in-depth meetings about how they are working, alongside the police investigations there are the PI’s Maggie and Wilma that join in the race to solve this case.

Within the storyline you get to know a lot about the families that are connected with the PI’s, what is happening in their lives and the problems they are facing. There is history from a previous case, which impacted greatly on Maggie and her family.

The case itself seems not so unusual as a mum – Debbie, goes missing, but the husband believes there is something more to it, especially when an old friend – Sam turns up, who also disappears.

There is a body found that they are struggling to identify and the race to understand if the body is of Debbie or Sam, if it isn’t one of them, where are they and what has happened to them. The investigations into this case for the both the police and PI’s, is a struggle with less and less information to go on, there becomes a need to go deeper into areas of danger to get results, regardless of the consequences.

The PI’s Maggie and Wilma are like two characters with different ways of working, throughout the story they have heated discussions on how things should be done, they keep agreeing to keep in contact, however Wilma has a more direct approach and decides to get some answers of her own. However, in the end they achieve a better result, they both bring something to the case they are working on, which in the end solves it.

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